Day trips to Christmas markets around the Bavarian Capital
Despite the usually terrible weather, December is a great month to explore the surroundings of Munich.
Advent is the Christmas market season in Germany. Joyful décor lights up towns and the smell of gingerbread, mulled wine, roasted almonds, eggnog and bratwursts fills the streets.
These six markets in towns around the Bavarian Capital are our absolute favourites. Get a Bayern Ticket, hop on the train and have a great day trip!
From Munich, you can reach the most famous Bavarian Christmas market (Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt) in around 90 minutes. From the train station, it is about 10 minutes walk to the market, that is set in the historic city centre. The typical stalls with red and white roofs complete the fairy-tale impression.
The Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is a very traditional market, and the city tries to keep in that way. It is a huge open-air shop for beautiful Christmas decorations and delicacies.
You can try the best Nürnberger Rostbratwürstchen there. The small juicy sausages are sold as three pieces in a bun. Delicious.
Opening times: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm. You can also visit on Christmas Eve until 2 pm.
Worth a trip
Nuremberg is a city of great importance for German and European history. While there, stroll around the old town and soak up the atmosphere. If you need to warm up a bit, take a tour in the medieval imperial castle (Kaiserburg).
Compared to the market in Nuremberg, the Augsburger Christkindlesmarkt is much smaller. That doesn’t make it any less attractive. It isn’t as crowded as Nuremberg, and the atmosphere is more chilled.
The Christmas market was originally dedicated to Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Nowadays, you’ll find all kinds of Christmas decorations there. For what is more, the variety of Glühwein (mulled wine) is fantastic. You can try the traditional red and white, berry mulled wine, apple wine and many more.
From Munich, you’ll get to Augsburg in about 45 minutes by train. The market takes place in the historic old town. You can easily walk from the train station to the town centre.
Opening times: November 27th – December 23rd 10 am to 8 pm (9:30 pm on weekends). On Christmas Eve, the market is open from 10 am to 2 pm. Every day at 4:45 pm, one door of the advent calendar on the historic town hall is presented.
The formerly free medieval city hosts many Christmas markets. From Munich, it takes about 90 minutes to reach Regensburg.
The oldest Regensburger Christkindlmarkt is set on the Neupfarrplatz Square. It offers 40 different kinds of Glühwein and serves the traditional horseradish buns with pickles.
Opening times: Daily from November 27th until December 23rd, 2017 from 10 am to 8 pm (9 pm on weekends).
For a romantic atmosphere, visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in the courtyard of the St. Emmeran Castle of the royal family of Thurn and Taxis. The picturesque scenery together with traditional crafts market offers a unique experience. From Thursday to Sunday visitors can stroll around the castle’s glamorously lit park.
Opening times: Daily from November 29th until December 23rd, 2017 (from noon till 10 pm).
Located on the riverside of the Danube overlooking the famous Cathedral of Regensburg, the Adventsmarkt in St. Katharinenspital (St. Katharina’s Hospital) is a real eyecatcher. Besides the delicious local lamb and deer dishes, try the Spital-Glühbier (hot beer brewed specially for the Christmas season).
Opening times: Daily from November 27th until December 23rd, 2017 (Monday – Friday 4 pm – 8 pm, weekends 11 am – 9 pm).
The authentic Weihnachtsmarkt in Rottach-Eggern, a municipality located on the bank of Tegernsee lake surrounded by Bavarian Alps is a Christmas winter wonderland. Visitors can sip their warm apple Glühwein by an open fire and chat under the highest free-standing Christmas tree in Upper Bavaria.
Opening times: The market is open every Saturday during the Advent time (Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 2017) and on three Sundays (Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th 2017) form 2 pm till 7 pm.
Take the BOB (Bayerische Oberlandbahn) train to Tegernsee. From there, you can either walk to Rottach Eggern along Tegernsee, which takes around 45 minutes or take a boat. Buses are also available in case weather conditions don’t allow boat service.
The Christkindlmarkt in Salzburg has a long tradition, which dates back to the 15th century. The location in the heart of the heritage site city with a view of the Salzburg Castle is phenomenal.
The variety of meals and Glühwein specialities is not as rich as on the Bavarian Christmas markets, but it’s famous for a rare selection of Christmas decoration articles and dolls.
You can enjoy the Christkindlmarkt of Salzburg until December 26th! Check their website for exact opening times during the festive days.
A Meridian train will get you to Salzburg from Munich in less than two hours. You can use Bayern ticket as well.
The Christkindlmarkt on the islet Fraueninsel in the middle of Chiemsee lake surrounded by Chiemgau Alps is another Advent fairytale. It’s known for original arts and crafts stalls.
A train from Munich central station will take you to Prien am Chiemsee train station in less than an hour. After 10 minutes walk, you’ll reach the pier, from where a ferry departs for the Chiemsee islands.
Opening times: The market is open during the Advent season on 2 weekends; December 1st – December 3rd and December 8th – December 10th, 2017; on Fridays from 2 pm till 7 pm and on Saturdays/Sundays from noon till 7 pm.
You can combine your Fraueninsel visit with a stopover on Herreninsel, the second island in Chiemsee. Herreninsel is home to the Herrenchiemsee Castle built by the famous fairytale King Ludwig II.
Advent season is a great time to explore towns and villages around Munich. With good rail connections, you can leave your car behind and keep yourself warm with Glühwein, Punch and Glühbier. Get on a train and enjoy!